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David: Biblical Portraits of Power (review)

David: Biblical Portraits of Power (review) DA VID: BIBLICAL PORTRAITS OF POWER. By Marti J. Steussy. Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament. pp. viii + 251. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. Cloth, $34.95. These days David is on many agendas! This can be seen in the recent heated discussion in leading journals covering the Old Testament, ancient Near East, and archaeology of the Levant regarding the existence (or rather non-existence) of the Davidic empire and the tenth century B.C.E. With all this interest, Steussy's book appears to be an opportune tool in the hand of the educated public to access the scholar's take on the life of the most-often mentioned biblical personality. While focusing upon the educated lay public (p. 8), instead of academia, Steussy nevertheless does provide quite a number of endnotes (pp. 199-221) and also includes a fourteen-page bibliography (pp. 223-236) at the end of the book. The book itself is divided into five main sections: (1) an introduction indicating the method a.nd problems involved in the study of the life of David (pp. 3-25); (2) the portmit of David in the primary history, by which Steussy refers to 1/2 Samuel and 1/2 Kings (pp. 29-96); (3) the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

David: Biblical Portraits of Power (review)

Hebrew Studies , Volume 41 (1) – Oct 5, 2000

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DA VID: BIBLICAL PORTRAITS OF POWER. By Marti J. Steussy. Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament. pp. viii + 251. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. Cloth, $34.95. These days David is on many agendas! This can be seen in the recent heated discussion in leading journals covering the Old Testament, ancient Near East, and archaeology of the Levant regarding the existence (or rather non-existence) of the Davidic empire and the tenth century B.C.E. With all this interest, Steussy's book appears to be an opportune tool in the hand of the educated public to access the scholar's take on the life of the most-often mentioned biblical personality. While focusing upon the educated lay public (p. 8), instead of academia, Steussy nevertheless does provide quite a number of endnotes (pp. 199-221) and also includes a fourteen-page bibliography (pp. 223-236) at the end of the book. The book itself is divided into five main sections: (1) an introduction indicating the method a.nd problems involved in the study of the life of David (pp. 3-25); (2) the portmit of David in the primary history, by which Steussy refers to 1/2 Samuel and 1/2 Kings (pp. 29-96); (3) the

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Published: Oct 5, 2000

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